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David Stevens Email
12/06

Where do you live now? Minnesota

How many years were you in the desert? 18

Are you willing to help with pictures? Maybe

Are you willing to help with stories? Maybe

Comments:
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Mark Collebrusco Email
11/26

Where do you live now? Riverton, IL

How many years were you in the desert? 1960

Are you willing to help with pictures? If I can find any.

Are you willing to help with stories? Perhaps

Comments:
My family moved to California in 1960. My father was supposed to go to work for GE in Los Angeles. The smog was so bad that my mother refused to live there. We moved to Ridgecrest because we had family friends who lived on the base at China Lake. My father worked at Jack's House of Service, an appliance and bicycle shop. I was in the 3rd grade at Las Flores Elementary School and my older brother was a freshman at Burroughs High School. My teacher was Miss Osmundsen(SP?). We had come from a very lush, green river valley in Illinois. The dry windy desert was quite a shock at first, but I found it easy to make friends and I generally enjoyed my time there. It was a nice town with pleasant people.


Gary P Olsen 
11/26

Where do you live now? Sisters, Oregon

How many years were you in the desert? 12

Are you willing to help with pictures? yes if I can find them

Are you willing to help with stories? maybe

Comments:
more to the story, when we moved to Ridgecrest, we lived on the base,  West of Ridgecrest off Ridgecrest Blvd was colored town living in Cardboard shacks,  oh yes I remember the guy I graduated with who went on to play in the NBA,   Jay Carty,  saw him a number of years ago,  My dad had a wrecking yard on China lake & Haloid, next door to Webbs motel,  also we didn't have room for all those "vintage" cars so we moved them up Above the college at the base of the mountains, a guy named Antone lived in a stone house there, at one time we had 800 cars stored up there,  was up there a few years ago and walked around the stone house is crumpled in but did find some old car parts,  I bought an old 1948 Cushman motorscooter from Uncle Toms Cabin for $75 and we rode that thing everywhere,  don't remember ever being harrased by the police,  especially in Rocket Town, when I was 12 shined shoes at Oky, Toms barber shop,  I still have a cousin living in Rocket town,  guess it never really took off,  good times when we were kids,  We used to find an old car that would run and would run out in the desert chasing jack rabbits east of China Lake, Blvd,  its all built up now,  graduated from James Monroe, school,  remember they had a giant wood box out in the school yard and they would put ice in it to cool the water off,  the ghost busters would haul the teachera off to jail today,  but we survived,  I delivered the Bakersfield paper on a mailmans bicycle, was tough in the wind which blew often,   I remember 1 morning when we got up to go to school and had 8" of snow,  that don't happen often


Gary Olsen  
11/24

Where do you live now? Sisters, Oregon summer Yuma, Az winter

How many years were you in the desert? 12

Are you willing to help with pictures? maybe if I can find them

Are you willing to help with stories? maybe

Comments:
we moved to Ridgecrest in 1945,  started Kindergarten there in 45,   my dad worked on the base till about 50, then to Ridgecrest where he had a wrecking yard on Haloid & China Lake blvd,  I graduated in 58,  went to school with Billy Raglin, Lucy and Johnny Orozoco and the NBA ball player who him and I were the youngest grads,  Somewhere I have a couple pictures with me and Death Valley Scotty, one me sitting on his mule an another up on his Turret,  Good times back then


Bill Allen 
09/30

Where do you live now? Batesville, AR

How many years were you in the desert? 7, 1955 - 1962

Are you willing to help with pictures? Yes, have many pictures from my grandfather from the late 40's and early 50's

Are you willing to help with stories? Not many to share but love the site.

Comments:
My grandparents, Al and Leah Brown moved to China Lake around 1947. My grandfather, Albert E. Brown worked for Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego before moving to China Lake. My mother Donnalee Joan Brown and her brother Albert Dell Brown moved with them. My grandparents were life long residents of China Lake/Ridgecrest and are buried in the just off the Trona highway (Desert ???). My dad, Bill Allen, was in the Navy and then worked for my Michelson Labs before he and my mother divorced in 1960. My mother remarried a sailor, Eugene D. (Greg) Gregory and we remained in Ridgecrest until 1961 when he was transferred to Long Beach. I went to Grove Street elementary school, then Los Flores when we moved to Fairview St in Ridgecrest. My grndparents lived in a duplex near BHS until around 1960 when several civilian were moved off the base. They bought a house at 412 Alvord St and that is where they lived until they died. My uncle George Meyers also worked at Michelson Labs until he retired. He was the stepfather to my cousins, Kathy, Bob and Karen Prest (SP?) Good memories of the desert. Visited last in 2016 while on vacation with my wife. A lot has a changed but so much has not. Enjoying the web site. Keep it up
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